Prospect Updates

Prospect Updates

Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect updates from bluechipprospects.com
Rupert Ryan

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After the jump, notes and stats tables for last Leafs prospect update of 2012. Guelph’s Matt Finn has eight points in his last five games, including goals in three straight between December 8 and 15. Finn recorded a three-assist night against Belleville on December 28. London’s Ryan Rupert now has 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 10 games in the month of December after going a month and a half without recording a point between October 6 and November 30. He has a five-game point streak active, including four straight multi-point nights. Showing no signs of slowing down: Erie’s Connor Brown...

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Welcome back, Josh Leivo. After missing time with a concussion, Leivo returned to the Sudbury Wolves lineup last week and he did so with a vengeance.  The Wolves had 3 games in 3 nights this weekend and Leivo put up 2 goals and 5 assists.  Leivo now has 34 points in 29 games on a pretty weak Sudbury team. Leivo is cut from the powerforward cloth and unlike the Leafs' other powerforward prospect, Tyler Biggs, Leivo will play with the puck on his stick.  My opinion on Leivo would be that his ceiling is higher than Biggs' but that he's also...

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With World Junior selection camps getting under way this week, a handful of Leafs prospects will be leaving their CHL teams to join up with their national all-star teams.  If you'd like a quick breakdown on the Leafs prospects who will be involved in the World Junior Championships, here's a short post I put together over at Pension Plan Puppets.  This natural break in the schedule seems like as good a time as any to check in with where our kids are sitting among their peers at this stage of the season. The Leafs have two prospects who I would...

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The Marlies broke their three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win in Rochester last night. Matt Frattin continues to score pretty much every game since returning from injury, notching two last night including the game winner, his sixth and seventh in six games so far this season. Jerry D'Amigo and Carter Ashton rounded out the scoring. Ben Scrivens stopped 28 of 29 shots. The Marlies face the Amerks again back at home tonight at 7 p.m. EST. You can catch the game on Sportsnet One. In OHL action, Tyler Biggs scored for Oshawa in a 4-2 win over Kingston, taking his...

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A slow start to the AHL year was probably the last thing Nazem Kadri needed. Kadri is the most polarizing Leafs prospect in recent memory and at 22 has yet to stick as an NHL regular.  After spending the tail end of the summer training with fitness guru Gary Roberts, Kadri came to camp only to have his fitness criticized by head coach Dallas Eakins.  Cue the fan unrest. Through nine games, Kadri had put up a very pedestrian 3 points (0G, 3A) and found himself on the healthy scratch list. The 'Bust' set were starting to get loud again. One week...

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For most of the Leafs CHL prospects, this was a pretty lacklustre week. Tyler Biggs picked up a pair of assists in Friday's game but was held pointless in a pair of losses on Saturday and Sunday.  David Broll had a 3-point weekend with 2 goals and 1 assist.  Rielly plays an afternoon game tomorrow and after 1 assist in his last 3 games, he'll have to put up some crooked numbers for his weekly production to be in any way noteworthy -- though his play was, as always, solid. While the group-wide production was uninspiring, there's still plenty to talk...

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Forget all that I've said about Tyler Biggs to date because he's decided that he's a completely different player.  It's almost as though he read what I wrote in this space a week ago.  In 3 games last week, Biggs wasn't rushing with the puck on his stick, he parked himself inches from the goalie's face when setting his screens, and generally just asserted his will on the game in a way that I had rarely seen in the first 15 games of the year. Well, Biggs was rewarded with 6 points in 3 games including a 4-point effort in Sunday's...

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Brought to you by Blue Chip Prospects With Sportsnet televising Tyler Biggs' Friday night showdown with Matt Finn (also: Garret Sparks will likely man the pipes for Guelph), I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to share some things that I've noticed about the two Leafs prospects in the early stages of the year.  Think of these points as some things to watch for or consider while taking in the game -- I'd love to hear where you agree, disagree, or if you'd just like to talk things out. Tyler Biggs seems to elicit the most extreme reactions of...

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Brought to you by Blue Chip Prospects Really exciting night for Leafs fans on a day that was otherwise full of depressing lockout news. Tonight's action saw a 4-point performance from Sudbury Wolves forward Josh Leivo (1 goal, 3 assists) who is now scoring at better than a point-per-game pace on one of the weaker offensive teams in the OHL.  Leivo will be taking part in both OHL games during the Subway Super Series so clear your schedule.  He's been a really determined player this year, has added a lot of strength, and may end up being one of those rare...

Morgan Rielly

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Brought to you by Blue Chip Prospects Strong statistical night for Leafs prospects on Wednesday as both Biggs and Percy put up a pair of points while Rielly and Brown each managed a goal of their own. Biggs' production, while reasonably strong is a bit of a mirage right now.  Neither of his goals last night had a chance against pro competition but keep in mind that other CHL prospects are getting some of these bounces too.  Biggs' first goal however did involve a pretty quick forehand to backhand move which is something we haven't seen a lot of from him...